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Hydrangeas : A Showstopper

Hydrangeas : A Showstopper

Posted by Tammy Sons on Dec 31, 1969

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Showstopping Hydrangeas

Hydrangea plants are one of the biggest showstoppers in a landscape. The characteristics of hydrangeas make them a great addition to any landscape and make a dramatic focal point in garden settings. Once established, these deciduous perennials return year after year, beautifying any landscape.

Hydrangeas are also easy to grow and do very well in many planting zones and soil types. In warmer climates, the bloom season can extend into autumn. The soil type hydrangeas grow best in is moderately moist with plenty of organic material mixed in. These plants are one of the most versatile for planting in many different types of hardy zones.

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There are several different characteristics of bloom type and colors in the hydrangea family. Soil type can also affect blooms in some varieties, such as the Nikko Blue variety. The height of hydrangeas can vary from 4 to 12 feet to even 25 feet, depending on the variety. Taking the full mature height of a hydrangea into consideration is essential in knowing the perfect placement in the landscape.

The bloom season for hydrangeas varies from spring to summer, with some warmer climates getting one more burst of blooms during early fall. Depending upon the variety, hydrangeas grow well in most planting zones. The Nikko Blue variety grows well in zones 5-9, while PeeGee, Limelight, and Annabelle varieties grow in the 4-9 zones. Peegee and Limelight are known to grow well even in the zone 3 range with winter protection. These plants are proven to grow in many hardy zones.

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The Nikko Blue hydrangea grows from 3 - 6 feet and is just as wide when fully mature. The plant boasts abundant 6- 9 inch round mounds of spectacular blossoms. It grows in part shade to full sun. If grown in full sun, it prefers good moist soil to thrive well. Acidic soils will encourage blue blooms, while an alkaline soil type encourages pink blooms. These hydrangeas make beautiful cut flower bouquets. These flowers will fade to many shades of blue, purple, pinks, and eventually, green colors as summer turn to fall.

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The PeeGee hydrangea is a spectacular addition to the landscape. It can grow to a mature height of up to 25 feet, so proper planning is essential when adding this beauty to the landscape. This plant is covered with 18 inch long beautiful sprays of creamy white flowers in the middle of summer, which eventually fades to a lovely pink shade.

The Limelight hydrangea sports creamy green blooms in summer fade to creamy white later on in the season; This particular hydrangea is considered a dwarf tree type of hydrangea growing to a mature height of only 6 feet. It makes a charming focal point in the garden and spectacular cutting flowers.

The Annabelle hydrangea grows 5 - 6 feet tall and just as wide. This hydrangea boasts very generous white mounds of blossoms up to 12 inches across that bloom beginning in late spring to mid-summer and continue into fall. It provides many months of blooms for lovely cut flower bouquets.

Because of the hardiness, versatility, colors of blooms, and varieties of hydrangeas available, planting one or more of these perennial shrubs in any landscape or garden is an investment in the future. Hydrangeas are long-lived and are sure to provide much beauty both outside as a show-stopping focal point or hedge and inside as lovely bouquets.